Landscapes - Spring 2016 - (Page 38)

RICHARD WYMA, A GUEST EDITOR OF THIS ISSUE RONALD MIDDLETON, FCSLA, MALA INTERVIEW: SMART BANKING THE ALBERTA WETLAND BANK RICHARD WYMA SPEAKS WITH | PARLE AVEC RON MIDDLETON FR_ LA BANQUE DE TERRES HUMIDES DE L'ALBERTA À l'été de 2015, le ministère des Ressources naturelles et forêts de l'Ontario a reconnu qu'il faudrait modifier les politiques pour mieux protéger les précieuses terres humides de la province : celle-ci a publié un document de consultation sur son registre de la Charte des droits environnementaux. Comme l'Alberta avait mené un examen similaire en 2013, notre rédacteur invité Richard Wyma (RW) s'est entretenu avec Ron Middleton (RM) qui a été longtemps le directeur des Services de gestion environnementale au ministère des Transports de cette province. Ron possède une vaste expérience du droit environnemental et Richard est le DGA de la Régie de conservation de la région d'Essex. EN_ IN SUMMER 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry acknowledged that policy changes may be needed to better protect the province's valuable wetlands: the province posted a Discussion Paper for consultation on its Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. Because Alberta completed a similar review in 2013, Guest Editor Richard Wyma (RW) spoke at length with Ron Middleton (RM), who for many years was Director, Environmental Management Services, Alberta Transportation. The department was key to the Alberta process, and Ron gained considerable knowledge of environmental law. Richard is CAO of Ontario's Essex Region Conservation Authority. ...because safety trumps environmental protection...highways inevitably involve damage to or destruction of wetlands. 38 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES CONVERSATION RW: Despite the myriad policies in place to protect them, we're still losing wetlands. In my southern Ontario region, we have lost as much as 95 per cent. Our understanding and appreciation for wetlands is growing, but the current patchwork of policies, regulations and programs has not stopped the losses. Nonetheless, in 2011, NRCAN estimated that Canada still holds 20 per cent of the world's remaining wetlands. Governments are shaping inventive new policies and regulations, such as those in Alberta. But you have said, Ron, that the Alberta review took several years to complete, with many false starts. What is it about wetlands that made this process so difficult? RM: There is a mythology of wetlands - that they are such special, complex, almost magical places that they cannot possibly be replicated. The reality is that wetlands are simply the poorly drained areas of the landscape that remained when the glaciers retreated. Ultimately, this mythology and passion for wetlands has led to policies that incorporate bad or no science into policy.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2016

Returning the Tide
A Question of Balance
A role for the Applied Ecologist
WET Design
The Ballad of Frog Plain
Landscape Laboratories|Laboratoires Paysagers
1000 Acres in Essex
3 Wetlands: 3 Discoverles...
Fen and White Cedar
Ecological Landscaping
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin

Landscapes - Spring 2016